The Advocate has been named as one of the nation’s top 10 sports sections by APSE -- the national organization of sports editors.

Overall, The Advocate made the top 10 in five contest categories and received honorable mention in two others. The awards were for work done in 2015.

The sports editors picked The Advocate’s daily section as one of the top 10 among newspapers with circulation between 75,000 and 175,000.

The Advocate also received top 10 nationwide recognition for its special section on LSU’s appearance at the College World Series.

Advocate sportswriters Ross Dellenger and Scott Rabalais won a Top 10 award for stories that explained the difference and effect of the new seams on baseballs in the college game.

Acadiana Advocate sportswriter Luke Johnson was named a top 10 winner for his profile of UL-Lafayette football coach Mark Hudspeth.

The New Orleans Advocate’s website also earned Top 10 status in Class C for the second straight year, and The Advocate’s website earned an honorable mention in Class B.

The Advocate’s Sunday Sports section earned an honorable mention, as well.

This is the second consecutive year in which The Advocate’s Sports section has won at least two Top 10 awards, and the newspaper’s staff has won three Top 10 writing awards in the past three years, marking the most successful stretch ever for the Sports section in the Associated Press Sports Editors contest.

Joining The Advocate’s Sports section in this year’s APSE Top 10 are The Buffalo (N.Y.) News; the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch; the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer; the Indianapolis Star; the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel; the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald; the San Antonio Express-News; the Seattle Times; and the Tampa (Fla.) Tribune.